What to Do with an Old Computer? 22 replies

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trekkie00

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#1 13 years ago

Recently, I purchased an older computer at a thrift store. It is an Intel Pentium 133, with 65 mb. ram, 10 gigs HD space, a 4meg video card, sound card, joystick port, 512 kb external cache, and probably some other junk that I haven't realized is there yet. It works fine and will run Windows 95. The only problem is, I do not know what to do with it. I already have a faster computer. Very few of my games will work on it. Right now I am planning on using it as a backup system, but I would like to think of another reason for having it around. I tried installing Debian Linux on it, but was unable too (just slightly too slow). Should I just keep it as a backup? Should I try to install and run SuSE Linux on it? Should I just sacrifice it for spare parts? Should I try to sell it for a profit (anything greater that $5)? Or is there another option? There isn't really another place in the house that could use it, and right now it doesn't have its own keyboard, mouse, monitor, or speakers. Thanks for the advice.




C38368

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#2 13 years ago

You should buy old games that run on it, then use it to play them. This both increases your standing as a computer geek and justifies your purchase in the eyes of the great heathen masses (you know, those who don't "get" geeks).




General Rommel

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#3 13 years ago

Turn it into a music server or something.




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#4 13 years ago

lol Old School! How much you pay?




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#5 13 years ago

Keep it. Computers of that caliber are generally much more compatable with older DOS games. Those things can be addictive.

Failing that, turn it into a printserver or something.




Homer Gonerson

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#6 13 years ago

the original red alert will work like a charm on that :)

with XP, it is just horrible and takes some researching to get red alert to work. i say keep it, and find some old games that are awesome




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#7 13 years ago

Rookie_42Keep it. Computers of that caliber are generally much more compatable with older DOS games. Those things can be addictive.

Failing that, turn it into a printserver or something.

Yeah, That.

Dos Games Rock.




gnspr9

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#8 13 years ago
general rammelTurn it into a music server or something.

They work great hidden behind something in your living room, or wherever, it might need some upgraded speakers, and software, etc. but it's worth it, and works quite well.




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#9 13 years ago

As people have said, they work well with older games. I have an old computer I use for all of my old DOS games.

I also use it as a file and print server, and sometimes to host LAN events. I would also have it acting as a router, but the electricity bill costs about £15 a month which isn't worth it when routers are about £50.

If you don't have any old games, then salvage the hard drive from it and use it for backups on your newer computer. If it's got a monitor you could consider the tacky two-monitor option on your current machine if your graphics card supports it, or you may have something to use the RAM in (but don't try it in your newer machine - it's most likely SD RAM and incredibly slow, which most computers made in the past four years don't take).




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#10 13 years ago

Use it as a hardware firewall / gateway. Makes your network much more secure. And when your bored just play old DOS games on it like suggested.

Thing is though, keeping it on a lot is probably a - since it's prolly on it's last legs.


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